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ks a lot. thanks for watching nbc bay area news. >> "nightly news" is coming up next. on this saturday night, white house intruder. a stunning breach of security. how did a man get inside the front door of the white house residence? tonight, the secret service under fire. person of interest, police zero in on a man who was with a missing uva student minutes before she vanished. this as thousands join the effort to help find hann. water fight, in california's heartland wells are running dry, hundreds of people are tapped out. al roker on the desperate dig for water. and leading the field, a 5-year-old gets behind the wheel to drive awareness for a good cause. this is "nbc nightly news"
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with lester holt. reporting tonight from washington. >> good evening from washington where an embarrassed secret service has yet to fully explain how an intruder made his way from the street on to the white house grounds and through the front door of the most protected home in this country. it happened around 7:00 last evening. the man's sprint across the north lawn forced a rare evacuation of the white house and sent secret service agents and officers springing into action with guns drawn. the first family was not home at the time. still the fact the intruder made it past the doorstep has put the agency in charge of their protection under harsh scrutiny. while there is late word this evening of yet another attempted security breach at the white house. kristen welker has our report tonight. >> reporter: shocking moments posted on instagram when a man identified as 42-year-old omar gonzalez jumped the white house fence friday night, ran the lengths of the north lawn and
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entered the unlocked front door of the first family's residence. moments later a guard inside apprehended him. >> it's absolutely awful that a person could penetrate the residence at the white house. >> reporter: the chaos began just after the president and his daughters left for camp david. a former secret service special agent says it's possible the breach happened because resources were focused on the president's departure. >> because we were so heavy on our resources on the south ground that that's where the majority of the resources were, they didn't have the chance to come back north, and hence we had this jumper get closer than usual. >> reporter: in a statement the agency acknowledged the location of this individual's arrest at the white house is not acceptable to the secret service and will be closely reviewed. this ranks among the most unusual security breaches since the solahis managed to access a state dinner without an invitation. and when a small private plane crashed into the white house grounds during the clinton
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administration. fence-jumpers aren't unusual here. in fact, just last week a man jumped over this fence, a height of about eight feet. but this is the first time anyone can recall someone making it all the way inside the executive mansion. and just this afternoon another man was arrested for trying to drive into the white house grounds. but friday's fence jumper is yet another blow to an agency trying to rebuild its image after a slew of embarrassing incidents including one in colombia in 2012 involving prostitutes. some lawmakers were outraged today. republican congressmen jason chaffetz called the white house breach totally unacceptable. >> the service will get it together, but they have to get it together really fast. we can't ever let this happen again. >> reporter: gonzalez is still in custody facing several charges including unlawful entry. secret service director julia has ordered enhanced patrols capabilities on pennsylvania avenue. in a statement the white house
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says the president has full confidence in the secret service and in its investigation. lester. >> kristen welker at the white house. thank you. now to the growing manhunt for one of the fbi's ten most wanted. the search for the gunman who ambushed and killed a pennsylvania state trooper now extends to at least six states. and the area under closest scrutiny is under lockdown for a second night in a row. we get our report tonight from nbc's ron allen. >> reporter: tonight, a rare look inside a community under siege where hundreds of heavily armed police have intensified the manhunt for a killer who took the life of one of their own. 8,000 residents under lockdown, the order heading into its second night. >> i don't feel safe. it's getting crazy. >> reporter: outside the zone carl keets is desperate to get to his fiancee and their young boys. he left for diapers and milk. police won't let him back. it's pretty stressful. >> yeah, it is. >> reporter: are you feeling a little -- >> i just want to be home with
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my kids and my family. >> reporter: the manhunt focused about a mile from the home eric frein shared with his parents. a suspect police describe as a survivalist who often role played war games and who they think launched his own war against police when he allegedly ambushed and killed corporal bryon dickson and wounded trooper alex douglass last week. most people saying they're not surprised. frein could be on the run for eight days or even longer in these thick woods. the poconos are a vacation area, this time of year lots of empty homes, resorts, hunting lodges, places with supplies, shelter. while police zero-in on a huge 75-square-mile target zone, families are on edge. rick can only reach his wife by phone. he left home for work two days ago. we spoke to her. how's it going in there? >> it's a little scary. i'd like to have my husband home. i would feel a little bit safer. >> reporter: tonight, we checked with those two guys and they're still not able to go home. police are telling them it's
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still too dangerous. overall authorities aren't saying much about their operations. there hasn't been a public briefing now in two days. no indication whether they're anywhere close to getting their man. lester. >> all right, ron, thanks. hundreds of people fanned out across charlottesville, virginia, today hunting for any sign of a missing 18-year-old uva student. she vanished mysteriously more than a week ago after sending a text message to friends that she was lost. now we're learning more about a potential breakthrough in the investigation. nbc's hallie jackson has the story. >> reporter: more than a thousand volunteers combed through bushes and backyards searching for clues to find hannah graham. volunteers like rob. >> nothing beats being the daddy to a little girl. so when i heard this, i was like what can i do to help that dad. >> reporter: the turnout and more than 400 tips inspired by a passionate plea from police chief tim longo. >> if that young lady's touched your life in any way, you have the responsibility to help us find her.
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>> reporter: chief longo, whose kids live in this community, told us today this is now personal. >> i can't imagine anyone in this community that would not want to see that young lady come home to her parents. i can't imagine anyone in this community not wanting hannah graham to come home. >> reporter: the 18-year-old uva student was last seen a week ago. at least four surveillance cameras tracked her movements in the hours before she disappeared. 9:33 p.m. leaving her dorm friday night. 12:45 a.m. near a pub alone in downtown charlottesville. minutes later she's running, but nobody's chasing her. just after 1:00 a.m. she's spotted again near a jewelry store. but that video shows a man in white who police are now identifying as a person of interest. late yesterday they searched his house and his car. police won't name the 32-year-old and haven't arrested him. but police believe graham may have gotten in a car with him. hannah graham is the fifth young woman in five years to go missing in this area, although police do not believe her case is connected to the others. in charlottesville today
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determination and hope graham will not be lost for long. >> if you believe, pray for this family and this girl. because they need that more than at any time now than they ever have before. >> reporter: but another day ending without hannah home. hallie jackson, nbc news, new york. in northern california the massive king fire in the mountains east of sacramento is on the move. firefighters were able to make some progress overnight, but today gusty winds made things difficult again. the fire is already burned some 125-square-miles. an area bigger than the city of orlando. nbc's kristen dahlgren has the latest. >> reporter: in california's steep and rugged gold country there is little stopping the king fire. overnight more than 4,500 acres charred. and this afternoon gusty winds again made the fire erratic. record amounts of retardant, over half a million gallons have been dumped so far.
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but the fire seems to swallow it and move on. >> it's dirty and smoky. and it's hard to breathe. >> reporter: for almost 5,000 firefighters that means dangerous hand-to-hand combat lighting backfires and clearing containment lines. >> we got to be able to eliminate the fuel between ourselves and the main fire. and be able to slow it down this way. >> reporter: for doug mudgette, it's already too late. >> there's no stopping this fire. they dropped retardant on it. they dropped water. the air crews were -- >> reporter: his home among four lost so far. >> it's just awful. i don't know what else to say. >> reporter: carol says she won't rebuild in this neighborhood. there are only ashes left. for some it came down to inches. in pollack pines this home's yard burned right up to the foundation. 12,000 homes could still be in the path of the blaze.
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officials worry to lift some of the evacuations, but the smoke is billowing into a massive mushroom cloud, visible almost 100 miles away in lake tahoe. >> just a lot of smoke and fire going inside. >> reporter: blaze just 10% contained. that has already cost so much. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, los angeles. overseas now, tens of thousands of refugees are on the run from isis tonight. in the past 24 hours about 60,000 syrian kurds have fled over the border into neighboring turkey as militants seize dozens of villages along the border. this news comes amid the release of nearly 50 turkish hostages who had been held captive for months by the group. it all comes as the u.s. administration tries to respond to the isis threat. let's bring in chuck todd, moderator of "meet the press," chuck, good to see you. >> good to be here. >> the president heard from two of his top generals basically saying if these air strikes don't do the job, we may come back to you, mr. president, and
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ask for boots on the ground. something the president has ruled out. is there disconnect here? >> there is a disconnect in some form. you heard the president didn't just say he's ruled it out, he's come back over and over again all this week and ruled it out. he went down to tampa head quart erts -- headquarters centcom, and ruled it out again. this is where political considerations are coming in, but the fact of the matter is this whole next week the president chairs a big meeting of the united nations. this whole week is about trying to find some international forces that will agree to be the combat troops because what the u.s. generals are saying to the president is you cannot defeat isis in syria without some combat troops and the president says, fine, let's find combat troops that are not american. but so far nobody in this coalition, they've agreed to a lot of things this coalition of nearly 50 countries, none of them have provided a promise of combat troops. >> all right. chuck todd, thanks very much. see you tomorrow morning on "meet the press." speaking of that you'll have much more on the isis threat tomorrow when chuck sits down with admiral michael mullen and ambassador samantha power on
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"meet the press". in addition to isis president obama has also ramped up the fight against ebola. this week committing troops to combat the virus. earlier today u.s. aid organizations loaded 100 tons of medical supplies onto a 747 to send to west africa to help fight the outbreak. nbc's kerry sanders spoke to one doctor back from the front lines where resources are running low and fear running high. >> reporter: dr. marty is now back at florida international university lecturing med students. >> what the heck is ebola? >> reporter: just five days ago she was on the front lines of the ebola outbreak in west africa. that's dr. marty in the protective suit. >> she has a number of symptoms including nausea and vomiting and diarrhea. >> reporter: working for the world health organization in nigeria, dr. marty and her team examined more than 1,000 possible ebola carriers and confirmed 21 victims. inside this quarantine area where she never got more than a
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few hours of sleep, a disquieting scene. many here infected with the virus do not survive. there's fear and also denial. you're doctors but you're also now detectives. >> absolutely. there's a lot of csi involved. >> reporter: it was a case started in nigeria's capital that's most troubling to dr. marty. a patient on the run. he fled more than 400 miles away and locked himself in a hotel. >> he actually turned off his cell phone, hopped on a plane and brought the infection over to port harcourt. >> reporter: what does that tell us about the shame or the human nature of not wanting to accept that you have a deadly virus? >> that's exactly what it says. it says people don't want to necessarily follow protocol. >> reporter: the doctor who treated him contracted ebola and died. health officials are now checking 400 of his patients for signs of infection. as for the man who ran away? >> he survived, but he's emotionally distraught and
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rightfully so because he directly led to the death, for example, of the physician that treated him in port harcourt. >> reporter: back with her patients in miami, dr. marty says while she was repeatedly screened for ebola before she left nigeria, when she arrived back in miami -- >> i was a little disappointed that i wasn't screened when i came in. >> reporter: that she hopes changes soon. kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. there's more ahead when "nightly news" continues on this saturday. amid california's record breaking drought, the race to drill for water leaving some in the dust. and later, why a 5-year-old leads the field of indy car drivers tonight.
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california's drought has led to a historic water crisis. it's gotten so bad this week the state's governor signed sweeping new legislation on groundwater pumping making it the last state in the west to regulate the practice. and with some local wells running dry, those who can't afford it are drilling deeper. and that's leaving some poor communities in the dust. here's nbc's al roker. >> reporter: a speck of a town in california's san joaquin valley. >> this is our daily life. no water. >> reporter: her well ran dry. so three months you are living without what most people consider an everyday occurrence. >> a precious liquid. yes. we can't shower. we have to carry in buckets to
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shower. >> reporter: gladys and her husband own their home. and while the county's delivering drinking water, they are responsible for their own well. so where are you getting the water from? >> well, when my husband gets off of work he has to go hunting for water for us. >> reporter: they are not alone. in nearby east porterville roughly 1,200 people are without water. >> see the echo in there. >> reporter: in late august the county had rallied a team to assess and deliver. >> a lot of people out here are in despair. >> reporter: the food, nut and dairy basket for the nation. and for the first time in a century there was no service water, that's to say water from mountains, rivers and lakes to deliver to farmers. >> we are totally reliant now on whatever flows underneath our feet. >> reporter: and in order to get that water most everyone is having to drill deeper. by july of this year the county had already issued more well drilling permits than they did in all of 2013. >> so if agriculture loses that
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scarce precious resource to grow agricultural crops, it's not just an impact to the farmer. it's an impact to this entire part of california. >> reporter: but water applicants say the lack of groundwater regulation has left poor communities vulnerable. >> it's literally a race to the bottom. so it's whoever can afford to drill, put in a deeper straw wins. >> reporter: laura is co-founder for the not for profit community water center. a lot of money's made on agriculture here. >> well, i think we are all part of the agricultural system. i think that we need to start thinking that way more wholistically because we're all interconnected. >> reporter: and residents like gladys are hoping the future holds a solution. >> you see it happening somewhere else, but not here in california. i mean, we're living it. we're not just seeing it drought, we're feeling the drought. >> reporter: al roker, nbc news, new york. when we come back, getting out. the storm that has many desperate to leave paradise tonight.
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now to the aftermath of hurricane odile. after being stranded for days, folks are desperate to leave the resort town of los cabos, mexico. that's where we get our report tonight from nbc's joe fryer. >> reporter: nearly a week after hurricane odile ripped through cabo, so much of this paradise is lost. some popular resorts have closed their doors to pick up the pieces, others simply don't have power. as police and the military guard stores and gas stations that were looted in the hurricane's aftermath. the path of destruction here stretches for miles and miles, a long line of businesses, resorts and homes that are damaged or destroyed.
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early this morning a small group of americans showed up at the airport anxious to escape. how eager are you guys to get home? >> we're ready to get home. >> hopefully i'll get on a plane that will say they're going to phoenix. if not, that's fine too. >> reporter: this couple just moved to cabo less than a month ago and now returning to america after learning power won't be restored for at least ten more days. >> we stuck it out six days and we're like everybody's promising us when we're going to get electricity and water. >> it's all tomorrow. >> tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow. >> reporter: already thousands have been evacuated from this airport. the greenwells came here thursday but say the line to get on a plane was so long they actually returned to their empty resorts. >> we did what we could. we helped them sweep, we helped them wash the chairs we helped put tables back. >> reporter: as for those who can't leave because this is their home, many gathered desperately in one spot, the only place they can find in this
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battered paradise with a cell phone signal. joe fryer, nbc news, san jose, del cabo, mexico. pop francis has selected a new archbishop to lead chicago. the nation's third largest diocese. the pope's first major appointment in the united states. he's considered be many to be a moderate and viewed as a break from his conservative predecessor. when we come back, a driving force for good and he's only 5 years old.
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finally tonight, he's only 5 years old, but it hasn't stopped him from getting behind the wheel. today, he led a field of indy car drivers to honor his father at a cause that was close to his heart. nbc's janet shamlian has that story for us tonight. >> reporter: on a day when some of the biggest names in indy car racing are readying for a competition, one driver suiting up has almost no experience. >> why do you like driving? >> because it goes really fast. >> reporter: sebastian might look like he's out of his league, but the 5-year-old is a favorite here. and every driver knows it. >> little boots and little suit and the helmet, you know, it's cool. it's cool to see his passion for it. >> reporter: his sights are set on indy, and why not? it's deep in his dna. sebastian wheldon is the son of two-time indy 500 champ dan wheldon who died in a fiery crash in las vegas almost three
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years ago. >> it means a lot to see sebastian out here. i mean, you know, i can just see dan's smile. i know he's super proud of him. >> reporter: sebastian is leading the field in a pace lap ahead of a charity race named for his father. a fundraiser for alzheimer's research. >> i think one of the great things that, you know, dan passed down to him was that love of racing and just that drive, i guess you would say. >> reporter: but for a little boy to learn more about his dad. >> daddy and me. >> reporter: and the stars of racing, once dan wheldon's toughest opponents, are here to help him. >> you know, i think he's living the legacy of his dad. >> reporter: but the lure of the track is something that can't be taught. and for sebastian wheldon, it doesn't have to be. >> he loves it. loves it. he just wants to be like his dad. and he is. >> reporter: on the fast track as the son of a legend gets to climb behind the wheel and save a course just like dan.
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>> reporter: janet shamlian, nbc news. that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm lester holt reporting from washington tonight. i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. good night everyone. nbc bay area news starts now. right now at 6:00 a deadly accident on a busy san francisco street. a car hits a woman this morning. why neighbors say the city needs to do something before more accidents happen. a wildfire raging in
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california. hundreds of people are evacuated as the fire lines near their homes. we will tell you about an important research center in danger of going up in flames. a south bay neighborhood shocked. a teenage girl kidnapped and sexual assaulted by two men in a van. i'm terry mcsweeney. >> police are asking for the public's help. the attack happened near the intersection of saratoga and campbell avenue in san jose. this is a very busy intersection. >> reporter: extremely busy. there are a lot of shopping centers here and a lot of cars moving through this intersection as you can hear them. what is so surprising about this attack is that it happened at 4:00 in the afternoon. that is a very busy time at westgate mall. as the attack happened at a bus stop here at s


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